Colorado’s most infamous asspipe, Douglas Bruce, is at it again.
Bruce booted after “illiterate” remark
By Jessica Fender
The Denver Post
Disparaging remarks aimed at migrant workers got resident rabble-rouser Rep. Douglas Bruce banned from speaking on an alien worker bill today.
“We don’t need 5,000 more illiterate peasants in the state of Colorado,” Bruce, R-Colorado Springs, told the chamber to an audible gasp.
Rep. Kathleen Curry, leading the House at the time, immediately barred Bruce from speaking at the podium, an uncommon maneuver.
“How dare you?” she asked Bruce, before House members moved back to discussion of a bill aimed at helping seasonal farm workers from other countries enter the state legally on a temporary basis.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Bruce, he masterminded Colorado’s notorious Amendment 2 debacle and the state’s disastrous “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” (TABOR). He’s been relatively calm of late, having only been involved in three embarrassments this calendar year (until today).
- In January he became the first representative ever formally censured by the Colorado legislature. Why? For kicking a photographer.
- He pissed off his colleagues by refusing to support a bill honoring military personnel, a move that got him removed from a House committee overseeing veterans affairs.
- In February he got caught – ironically enough, given TABOR – charging the state for days he didn’t actually work.
I guess it’s hardly surprising that he’d have an issue with all those dirty wetbacks sneaking into the state.
I’m not sure of the logistics involved, but it’s high time that the Colorado legislature removed Bruce from its ranks. He has been responsible for incalculable damage to the state and its citizens. Our education and public services are among the worst in the nation thanks to TABOR. Amendment 2 announced to the rest of America that we were prepared to by god act on our ignorance. And lately he seems to exist for no other reason than to outrage our sense of propriety and public decency.
Douglas Bruce is – and let’s be brutally frank about this – a bad human being. He makes the lives of others measurably worse, and if he were to drive off a cliff tonight we would all be demonstrably better off. I’m not in the business of wishing ill on people, but at the same time we shouldn’t be any more afraid to state the plain truth than he is to foul the podium in our legislature with hate and bile.
Yes, Virginia, Colorado has an illiterate problem. But it’s not the migrant workers who need us as badly as we need them. It’s the man from House District 15 in Colorado Springs.
It’s time for Douglas Bruce to go crawl back under whatever rock he slithered out from in the first place. Today.